Nashville Bridge Co. Plans Major Expansion At Ashland City Yard

A $2-million expansion of the Nashville Bridge Company Shipyards, Ashland City, Tenn., was announced recently by A1 Zang, president of NABRICO.

Mr. Zang said the expansion will increase the company's production in Ashland City by as much as 15 percent, and will provide NABRICO with the capabilities of producing oceangoing vessels there. The expansion is designed to provide NABRICO with the added flexibility necessary to meet the everi n c r e a s i n g market demands for hopper barges, tank barges and oceangoing vessels.

Construction, which is expected to begin in late March, will require some 18 months for completion. It has been planned in stages so it will not interfere with current production at the plant. According to Mr. Zang, plans call for an expansion in both the fabrication and assembly areas at Ashland City. Some 30,000 square feet will be added to the fabrication area, including a new hatch cover facility. A 50-ton bridge crane will be housed in this area. The assembly area will be increased by 20 percent, adding the capability to effectively translate and launch a 340-foot oceangoing vessel.

NABRICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company, Cleveland, Ohio. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., NABRICO has been in the marine field for more than 60 years, and is primarily concerned with the design, engineering and construction of grain and coal barges, deck barges, liquid tank barges, cement barges, drydocks and towboats. NABRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware to the marine industry. The company, with plants in Nashville and Ashland City, pioneered the design and building of much of the modern equipment used on rivers today.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Mar 1980 Warranty Administration

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